"African-American men constitute just 8.5 percent of Maryland's college population," a University of Maryland task force wrote in a report last month. "And only one third of those enrolled will ever graduate." Explanations include peer pressure that defines education as "uncool" and feelings of isolation from campus life. But a primary hurdle is rising cost, the task force found. "In the fall of 2006, a year at [University of Maryland-College Park] will cost an in-state undergraduate one quarter of what the average African-American family earns," the report says.
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